People’s History ⇿ Local History
June 4, 2018, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Keynote speaker: Franklin Odo ( Amherst College, NPS, Library of Congress, Smithsonian)
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People’s History ⇿ Local History: statement
2018 promises to be another exciting year in Massachusetts history, in large part due to our history organizations taking on the challenge of being relevant in ever-changing (dare we say, daily changing) times. We are focusing on the capacity of local history groups to respond in creative ways, seeking to turn challenging times into positive experiences of growth and sharing for our organizations and their communities. Keynote speaker Franklin Odo, founding director of the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center, will focus on bringing immigrant communities to museums and museums to immigrant communities, engaging artists, and other ways to broaden the engagement with public and local history.
Our history organizations face the task preserving and presenting “the” history of forever more rapidly changing communities and contexts. The conference will offer peer sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities to explore and learn about new ways and new communities in public history, and the roles historical organizations do and can play to become part of the social dialogue: program diversity, collaborative approaches to exhibit and program building, finding common grounds between technology, art, and history to enrich all, a broad focus on the community of communities — the process of people coming together in one place as they move from town to town and around the world.